School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

Citizenship Ancient and ModernWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 100991.2

Discipline: HISTORY

Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
David Burchell

Equivalent Units
100851 - Citizenship Ancient and Modern

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 60 credit points at Level 1.

Teaching Periods
Nothing on offer.

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About this Unit
There are repeated calls for greater involvement by citizens in public life or the community. Generally such appeals draw upon an image of ancient Western citizenship derived from the Greek city-state or ancient Rome. Yet the history of citizenship and civic identity in the West is long and varied. This unit surveys the historical literature from a number of different periods of Western history, from the ancient city-states to the Roman Empire, from Medieval merchants to Renaissance scholars, through to early modern debates around sovereignty and religious toleration. It also examines modern debates around the greater complexity of modern societies as against ancient, and the perceived greater focuses upon privacy and personal autonomy in the modern world - all of which are claimed to have diminished the civic impulse. The unit should be of interest to history, politics and education students.


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